2nd Grade Report vs Easts - Round 11 (Day 1)
The much anticipated 2nd Grade Report
Captain Howitt reiterated the importance of this match against easts in the context of our season during the warm up.
The rest of the side reiterated the importance of winning the toss and batting on what looked like a great Killara wicket, on a blistering hot day. Sure enough, the coin toss gods continued to frown upon Howitt and the Stags were in the field.
No mention of this in the report?
The first session saw some brilliant bowling from the 3 medium pacers, Durie, Medcalf and Michael. 2 late breakthroughs saw the Stags go to lunch with 2 Easts wickets in the bag, the product of some persistence with both ball and in the field.
It would be fair to say we were also happy with the runrate, less than 3, which is unheard of at Killara.
The second session saw two contrasting hours. The 3 aforementioned bowlers, again continued to toil in the heat, and between them claimed another 5 Easts scalps within the first hour after lunch. Easts 7-120. However, the heat and flattening wicket gradually started to take it's toll, and the most intelligent batting of the day saw them still 7 down at tea, with a sizable partnership building.
It would be remiss of me not to mention here the amazing spread that is turned out, week in week out for tea, by Marea Michael and friends. Many agree it is rivalling the best in grade cricket at the moment, as evidenced by the empty trays and plates at the conclusion of the 20 min break.
The aim in the final session was to wrap the innings up quickly, with our target being 230. The injection of young Chris Archer into the attack proved a stroke of genius, one of a few from Howitt through the day, and our goal was more or less achieved with Easts all out for 231.
"Cuppy" Michael picks up an Easts' pole
12 overs remaining in the day saw the Stags confident we could etch away at the total, however the Easts bowlers had other ideas, utilising the new ball and deteriorating pitch to the utmost, claiming 3 Gordon wickets in the short spell. At 3-25 at stumps, with a little over 200 to chase down, the game hangs in the balance. However, Easts wont be counting on the desire of this group of boys to continue our roll and momentum towards semi-finals.